At Prince of Peace Preschool, we pride ourselves on hiring dedicated educators that embrace the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Ongoing education for our teachers is part of our core values, and we're proud that three of our educators have been selected to continue their education via scholarship.

Alicia Mangels, Preschool Director Alicia joined Prince of Peace Preschool in 2012 as a teacher and became the Director in 2013.  She earned her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education as well as certification as a Reading Specialist.  She has taught at the preschool, elementary, and college levels but has a particular commitment to working with the youngest learners. She is inspired by the innate curiosity and wonder that children exhibit and committed to providing rich opportunities for them to explore, create, grow, and develop in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Alicia Mangels, Preschool Director

Alicia joined Prince of Peace Preschool in 2012 as a teacher and became the Director in 2013.  She earned her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education as well as certification as a Reading Specialist.  She has taught at the preschool, elementary, and college levels but has a particular commitment to working with the youngest learners. She is inspired by the innate curiosity and wonder that children exhibit and committed to providing rich opportunities for them to explore, create, grow, and develop in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Claudia Moorad, Atelierista: Director of Art & Music (The Atelierista is an Early Years Educator with a background in the arts who is responsible for creating different projects to introduce new concepts to the students, spark their curiosity and creativity and establish a new explorative way of learning in the studio). Miss Claudia is a German-born educator and musician. She has more than 30 years of teaching and accompanying experience in churches, schools and community programs. She is a specialist and respected clinician in the area of early childhood music. She earned her Church Music Certification from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a certified instructor in the Kindermusik and Musikgarten Curricula. She believes that music truly is the universal language––where communication has no barriers because music unites everyone through shared expressions of faith, creativity and joy. Fun Facts: Miss Claudia is the organist and pianist at Foundry UMC. She has been ringing handbells since 1993 and is an integral part of reviving Foundry's handbell ministry. She also operates a home based piano studio. She has 3 grown children and a precious granddaughter, Madeline. She speaks German fluently and runs our German Language enrichment class.

Claudia Moorad, Atelierista: Director of Art & Music

(The Atelierista is an Early Years Educator with a background in the arts who is responsible for creating different projects to introduce new concepts to the students, spark their curiosity and creativity and establish a new explorative way of learning in the studio).

Miss Claudia is a German-born educator and musician. She has more than 30 years of teaching and accompanying experience in churches, schools and community programs. She is a specialist and respected clinician in the area of early childhood music. She earned her Church Music Certification from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a certified instructor in the Kindermusik and Musikgarten Curricula.

She believes that music truly is the universal language––where communication has no barriers because music unites everyone through shared expressions of faith, creativity and joy.

Fun Facts: Miss Claudia is the organist and pianist at Foundry UMC. She has been ringing handbells since 1993 and is an integral part of reviving Foundry's handbell ministry. She also operates a home based piano studio. She has 3 grown children and a precious granddaughter, Madeline. She speaks German fluently and runs our German Language enrichment class.

Kathleen Conley, River Otter Class Teacher (4s) Miss Kathy attended the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, where she received her BA inElementary Education. She also has her MA Education from East Carolina University specializing in grades K-6. She previously taught 4th and 5th grade at Camp Lejeune, NC (4 years), preschool in Sneads Ferry, NC for 3 years and is celebrating her 3rd year at Prince of Peace Preschool. She likes to do science, art and writing with her students. "I love watching the process of creating, experimenting, and figuring things out. They are so curious and capable!" FUN FACTS: Kathy can do Irish Step dance (Riverdance), she loves the beach and traveling.

Kathleen Conley, River Otter Class Teacher (4s)

Miss Kathy attended the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, where she received her BA inElementary Education. She also has her MA Education from East Carolina University specializing in grades K-6. She previously taught 4th and 5th grade at Camp Lejeune, NC (4 years), preschool in Sneads Ferry, NC for 3 years and is celebrating her 3rd year at Prince of Peace Preschool.

She likes to do science, art and writing with her students. "I love watching the process of creating, experimenting, and figuring things out. They are so curious and capable!"

FUN FACTS: Kathy can do Irish Step dance (Riverdance), she loves the beach and traveling.

Meet Miss Sherri McGowan, Teacher in the Rabbits (Older Twos). Sherri received her degree from the University of Mary Washington. She has been working in the preschool setting for the past 14 years. Ten of those years have been alongside her friend and coworker Sue. Singing and dancing to silly fun songs are some of her favorite things to do with the children! Fun Facts: She is married with four children, she was born and raised in Virginia, and she plays on a recreational volleyball team with her sisters.

Meet Miss Sherri McGowan, Teacher in the Rabbits (Older Twos).

Sherri received her degree from the University of Mary Washington. She has been working in the preschool setting for the past 14 years. Ten of those years have been alongside her friend and coworker Sue. Singing and dancing to silly fun songs are some of her favorite things to do with the children!

Fun Facts: She is married with four children, she was born and raised in Virginia, and she plays on a recreational volleyball team with her sisters.

Angie Shaeffer, River Otter Class Teacher (4s) Miss Angie started in 2011 at PoPP, working in both the 3s and 4s classes. She graduated from Ball State University in Indiana. Angie has lived in VA Beach for 12 years with her husband, Dave and four children.  

Angie Shaeffer, River Otter Class Teacher (4s)

Miss Angie started in 2011 at PoPP, working in both the 3s and 4s classes. She graduated from Ball State University in Indiana. Angie has lived in VA Beach for 12 years with her husband, Dave and four children.

 

Tracy Critser, Teacher's assistant for the Turtles (3's) Tracy has over 13 years of experience working with children of all ages. As well as working at Prince of Peace Preschool she works in the nursery at her church. In the church nursery she watches the children and teaches Sunday School while their parents attend church services. Tracy enjoys sharing her love for art and science with her students. Fun Facts: Tracy loves being outdoors! She enjoys going on adventures with her family such as hiking, fishing and geocaching.

Tracy Critser, Teacher's assistant for the Turtles (3's)

Tracy has over 13 years of experience working with children of all ages. As well as working at Prince of Peace Preschool she works in the nursery at her church. In the church nursery she watches the children and teaches Sunday School while their parents attend church services.

Tracy enjoys sharing her love for art and science with her students.

Fun Facts: Tracy loves being outdoors! She enjoys going on adventures with her family such as hiking, fishing and geocaching.

Sharon Jaeckle, Owls (younger twos)

Sharon Jaeckle, Owls (younger twos)